Elderly woman dies after getting hit by bus
TOON Ngee Suan would occasionally wait by the junction of Admiralty Road and Marsiling Lane while his elderly mother collected cardboard boxes and sold them at a recycling centre.
It was the same routine yesterday morning, with the 64-year-old retiree standing at his usual spot. But his mother did not turn up. Instead, someone went to him, informing him of an accident involving her down the road and out of sight.
Ching Guan Eng, 86, died after she was struck down by a school bus in Marsiling Lane.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they received a call at 8.45am about a woman trapped under a 40-seat bus. Officers had to use hydraulic rescue equipment to free her. She was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics.
"One side of her face was swollen and red, but she wasn't bleeding," Mr Toon said in Mandarin.
Police said the bus driver has been arrested for causing death by negligence and that investigations are ongoing.
"I rushed out when I heard cars honking," said Chin Jia Yee, 23, a shop assistant at Goshen Departmental Store, which is located just across the road where the accident occurred.
"I think the driver didn't notice he had run over someone until the cars started honking. That was when he stopped and came down from the bus."
This is the latest case of a fatality involving heavy vehicles. In September, a 24-year-old man from India died after he was run over by a tipper truck at a soil stockpile site in Changi.
The elderly make up some 40 per cent of all pedestrian fatalities, even though they make up only 16 per cent of the population, according to official figures.
Shopkeepers in the area remember Madam Ching as a nice woman who liked to feed cats.
Esther Barlongo, 47, who manages ABC Bargain Store, said the woman would drop by every morning to collect discarded cardboard boxes.
"We would always save our boxes for her and talk to her every day. She was like a mother to us," said a teary Ms Barlongo.